Despite the challenges that we face, I still believe Maine’s best days are ahead of us. Mainers are hardy, humble, innovative and independent. When we work together, listen to one another, think differently, and act boldly, there is nothing we cannot achieve. That is the spirit that I seek to bring with me to Augusta, should I have the honor and privilege to represent our community in the State House.
Growing up in a family of Methodists and military veterans, I was raised to value service. My father was a Marine, educator, lawyer and judge. My mother worked for her family’s electrical contracting business and was a leader in our church community and town. When I was three, my father died of leukemia. My mother and grandmother encouraged me to embrace his commitments to justice and fairness, and instilled in me the values of integrity, empathy, conviction, hard work, and perseverance.
Improving lives, building community and creating a more vibrant democracy have been my life’s work. I am an entrepreneur, civic leader and former Gorham School Committee member with a proven record of working across the political spectrum, taking on tough issues and solving complex problems.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed campaigning this year, but not my interest in listening to voters and learning about the issues that matter to you. Before the pandemic, I had an opportunity to sit down with more than 100 community leaders in business, education and civic life in Gorham and Scarborough to discuss the issues important to our state and community. Since the pandemic, I have spoken with hundreds of voters by phone, while hundreds more have shared their thoughts and concerns with me via email, text message and surveys.
Families and businesses in Gorham and Scarborough have told me that they are concerned about the health and well-being of their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic; the long-term economic impact of the pandemic on their families and local businesses; the skyrocketing costs of healthcare and prescription drugs; property taxes, school crowding, road traffic, childcare costs, housing availability and affordability, and Internet connectivity and reliability; the lack of transitional support for people in recovery; and, the need to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change.
These issues — and other issues important to our community and state — will require difficult conversations, hard choices and real solutions. This is a time for principled and pragmatic leaders who will put partisanship aside and focus on getting results. I believe that I am that leader, and I humbly ask for your vote for State Representative. Thank you for your consideration and please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 939-8600 cell with any questions, concerns, or ideas that you may have.
Kyle Bailey, Candidate for State House
House District 27, Gorham and Scarborough
October 20, 2020
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